Nicolaus Joseph von Jacquin, 1797
Brush plant, Poederkwast - Royal Paint Brush, White Blood
Lily, Powder Puff, Shaving Brush Plant
Haemanthus albomaculatus Baker.
virescens var. albiflos, Herbert, 1837.
Diacles ciliaris, Salisb.
Haemanthus intermedius, M.Roem.
Haemanthus leucanthus, Miq.
This member of the
Amaryllidaceae family was described by Nicolaus Joseph von Jacquin in 1797. It is found on the
south-eastern coast of South Africa, growing in well-drained soil with
some water and little sun. It have broad leaves which will get 25
centimetres long, and an bulb which can grow to eight centimetres in
diameter. The flower is white, and the plant can both be reproduced
by seeds, from the reed fruits, and by offsets.
It is actually
evergreen like H. deformis and H. pauculifolius.
The name Haemanthus
is derived from the Greek haima meaning 'blood' and anthos
meaning 'flower' - a reference to the red flowers of most species. Albiflos
referring to the white flowers of this particular species.